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From Donation to Deployment: How Plasma is Used in Veterinary Medicine

Plasma is often hailed as a ‘miracle fluid’ due to its widespread use and immense benefits in human healthcare. But did you know that it also plays a crucial role in the field of veterinary medicine? Just as in humans, plasma can be a life-saving resource for animals, used in treatments ranging from managing disease conditions to aiding recovery from surgeries.

One common application of plasma in veterinary medicine is treating hypoproteinemia, a condition characterized by abnormally low levels of proteins in the blood. This can be caused by malnutrition, kidney disease, or liver disease, among other conditions. Plasma transfusions can help restore these essential proteins, providing a critical boost to the animal’s health.

Similarly, plasma is used to treat parvovirus, a highly contagious and often deadly virus that affects dogs, especially puppies. Parvo depletes the animal’s white blood cells and prevents the absorption of nutrients, weakening the immune system. Plasma from donors who have recovered from parvovirus contains antibodies that can help fight the virus, improving the chances of recovery.

Plasma can also be used in veterinary surgery, particularly in cases where blood clotting is a concern. The clotting factors present in plasma can aid in managing and preventing excessive bleeding, making it a valuable tool in any veterinary surgeon’s arsenal.

As with human medicine, the use of plasma in veterinary medicine is reliant on donations. Unfortunately, similar challenges persist: demand often outstrips supply, underscoring the importance of donation programs.

At thPlasma, we are committed to raising awareness about the importance of plasma not just in human healthcare but also in veterinary medicine. Our mission is to bridge the gap between the need for and availability of this life-saving resource.
If you’re interested in learning more about plasma donation and its far-reaching impact, including its use in veterinary medicine, we invite you to get in touch with us. We’re here to answer your questions, dispel misconceptions, and guide you through the donation process. Your contribution can make a significant difference, potentially saving lives across species.